Walking the Red Road: 365 days of it, a review

Walking the Red Road: 365 days of it, a review

Hello all!

For those of you following me on Facebook, you might have noticed that I often mention a little walking the red roadbook I have: 365 days of walking the Red Road: the Native American path to leading a spiritual life every day. I just absolutely love that book! What is this book you ask? Well at a glance…

Product: 365 days of Walking the Red Road

Where to buy it: Amazon.ca

Price: 10.82$ CAN

Rating: 5 stars

What is 365 days of walking the Red Road about?

Well the title sort of gives you a cue. The book contains a quote and/or anecdote for every day walking the red roadof the year. Moreover, the book also includes additional information in relation to each season and provides a “Red Road Ethic Principle” at the beginning of each month. Each day you will be able to read a quote from a great Native from the past, our ancestors, as well as read a little blurb from sections such as “On this day in history” or “A Native to know”. Therefore this little book (it’s pocket size) contains a wealth of information. And really the price is more than affordable for a book you will literally use all year long. How often can you say that? 🙂 It is an easy read that definitively gives you something to think about. I personally read it in the morning, as a way to begin my day.

 

What are those Red Road Ethic Principles? Who are those chiefs being quoted and what do they have to say?

The Red Road principles are principles sometimes referred as the Lakota virtues or the Native commandments. They are principles or ways of life to live by, in order to be respectful, to live a humble life in harmony and dignity. To live a spiritual life respecting all of our relations. Let me give you an example of one. Here is principle #4, Community Code of Conduct:

Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect. Honor the thoughts, wishes and words of others. Never interrupt another or mock or mimic them. Allow each person the right to freedom of opinion. Respect that opinion. Never speak ill of others. As you travel along life’s road never harm anyone, nor cause anyone to feel sad. On the contrary, if at any time you can make a person happy, do so.

Isn’t that an incredible principle to aspire to? It is not an easy one for sure but none of them are easy…To be a good person, a respectful person, even when you do not agree with the other, requires work. But we all deserve respect. We all deserve to be heard.

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And who are the chiefs in the book? Well they are a great inspiration. They are the likes of Nez Perce Chief Joseph, or Sioux Chief Sitting Bull, or Comanche Chief Quanah Parker or Suquamish Chief Seattle. They are our ancestors, who fought to keep the land they were born on, to practice their traditional ways of life, their spirituality, to keep their family intact. They are the reasons we are here. To hear their thoughts, their words today touches me deeply.

For example, the quote for April 3 is the following: That hand is not the color of your hand but if I pierce it I shall feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. The Great Spirit made us both. Chief Standing Bear, Sioux, 1868-1937.

Ahhhh we are all related, the medicine wheel includes all races of humankind, each with its own wisdom. Such a beautiful concept.

Now here is the quote for February 16: The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors. Chief Plenty Coups, Crow-1848-1932

And let me end this with a picture showing one of Chief Seattle’s most well known quotes. But before I do so, here is another one of his, my personal favorite: April 7, There is no death, only a change of worlds. So reassuring when one sees the end of the life we know in that manner. A move from the physical world to the spiritual world.

chief Seattle

All my Relations

 

 

14 thoughts on “Walking the Red Road: 365 days of it, a review

  1. Chris

    I was not really aware of all of this information about Native Americans. I live in Arizona currently and there are a lot of Native Americans around here so I am really glad I actually thoroughly read all of this. I am bookmarking this page because I need to read it again. Having this information with all the Native Americans in my area can’t hurt, right?

    Cheers and thank you so much!

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  2. vanessa

    This book does seem very interesting and one I would enjoy reading. Amazing how much of it still rings true today. Walking the Red Road seems to be a very inspirational book that would be of interest to all races.

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  3. Claire

    I love things like this, Emily. I had a little desk calendar notepad thingy a couple of years ago with a new quote or fact for each day. It was very interesting, but I had forgotten about it until reading your post. I think they’re a great way to learn a little snippet, in this case ‘the Native American path to leading a spiritual life every day’, without having to read a load of text which I personally find daunting and it has a tendency to make me drowsy if I do it at the wrong time of day!
    Claire

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    1. Emily Post author

      I agree Claire
      after 10 years of university or so, I kind of like shorter books 🙂 I enjoy starting my day reading my daily quote!

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  4. Olive

    Hi Emily

    This is the kind of book that I would like to read. I love anything that reminds or teaches us to be kind to all and be appreciative of what we have in life.

    I smiled when I read the bit about how to treat your guest as I believe that my husband and I do treat our guests in this way and it makes everyone feel good.

    I really enjoyed your article, thanks for sharing.

    Olive

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  5. Robin

    This is a great review and gives some wonderful examples of wisdom from some wise ancestors. We need to remember what wisdom they had for us and pass it on to the younger generations and this book is a great way to do just that. Thanks for the review. Robin

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  6. viviane

    Bonjour Emily
    Un mot pour te dire que j’aime bien ton site et les informations que tu partages. Les cultures amérindiennes m’intéressent beaucoup, les coutumes, les écrits, leur rapport à la terre mère. All my relations indeed. Merci du partage.

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  7. Aikaterini Markakis

    Hello Emily! I love your posts as always. This is a great review! I am always looking for an inspiring book to keep me motivated and positive! I am the type of reader that will read a page or two before bed to relax and then sleep in a positive state! I think the book you suggest is exactly what I needed!
    I loved the red road principles! So inspiring! I think I will be getting this book for me and my husband!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Katerina!
      it seems like this book would be perfect for you indeed! It is an easy read but also one that makes you think 🙂

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